Welcome to the sixth Shona lesson about numbers. This time we will learn about cardinal and ordinal numbers, followed by grammar rules, then animal names, finally a conversation in Shona to help you practice your daily phrases.
|Cardinal and Ordinal - Shona|
|eleven gumi neimwe|
|eleventh yegumi neimwe|
|twelve gumi nembiri|
|twelfth yegumi nembiri|
|thirteen gumi netatu|
|thirteenth yegumi netatu|
|fourteen gumi neina|
|once kamwe chete|
|fifteen gumi neshanu|
|sixteen gumi nenhanhatu|
|seventeen gumi nenomwe|
|eighteen gumi nesere|
|nineteen gumi nepfumbamwe|
|twenty makumi maviri|
|seventy one makumi manomwe neimwe|
|one hundred zana rimwe chete|
Shona cardinal numbers refer to the counting numbers, because they show quantity. For example: I speak two languages. Ordinal numbers on the other hand tell the order of things and their rank: my first language is Shona. The examples below use numbers in different ways and places to demonstrate how they behave in a sentence.
|Grammar + Rules - Shona|
|I have three dogs|
[number + noun] ndine imbwa nhatu
|my daughter has two cats|
[number + noun] mwanasikana wangu ane katsi mbiri
|she speaks seven languages|
[verb + number] anotaura mitauro minomwe
|my brother has one son|
[number + singular noun] munun'una wangu ane mwanakomana mumwechete
|this is my second lesson|
[ordinal number + noun] ichi chidzidzo changu chechipiri
|did you read the third book?|
[ordinal number + noun] wakaverenga bhuku rechitatu here?
We're not done yet! The following is a list of animals.
Now we finally reach the last part, the practice of the daily conversations. These phrases are used to get to know new people, and break the ice.
|English - Shona|
|Where are you from? unobva kupi?|
|I'm from the U.S ndinobva kuu.s|
|I'm American ndiri wokuamerica|
|Where do you live? unogara kupi?|
|I live in the U.S ndinogara muu.s|
|What do you do for a living? unoitei chinokuraramisa?|
|I'm a student ndiri mudzidzi|
Did you enjoy this lesson about numbers in Shona? I hope so, if you have any problem with this lesson contact me with questions you have homepage. You can now check the next lesson below.
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